2003 Ford Ranger for Sale

January 14, 2010

2003 Ford Ranger XLT 3.0 L V6 for sale.

190,000 km. Great shape. Safetied and e-tested. Chrome rims, tonneau cover, bed liner, class III/IV hitch, bug deflector.

Clean and well-cared for. Call Allen Mickle at 519-736-7514.

$6500 OBO

Listening to the Text

January 11, 2010

“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching” (1 Tim 4:13).

I have a 2 hour commute to church each Sunday.

I’m in an unusual situation in that I’m currently serving my church about 2 hours away while I wait for my permanent residency to come in so I can serve my church full-time and relocate to our area. As it stands now, we’re very thankful to be able to serve our church each Sunday as it is!

But, I get a lot of time to think, to pray, and of course in a car, to listen! And how often do we listen to the Scriptures any longer? Many times in most of our churches we have given up Paul’s injunction to devote ourselves to the public reading of Scripture. In our Evangelical churches we may hear a brief passage each Sunday read and only if it is what the preacher is going to be preaching on. Yet, in mainline churches, they might get up to four major sections of Scripture read each Sunday! In someways, those who attend mainline churches may get more Scripture than many Evangelical churches!

But I digress… simply there are so many great resources to “listening” to the Scriptures when we have the opportunity to do so. In cleaning out my predecessor’s office at my church I discovered an excellent set of New Testament CD’s from the ESV narrated by Max McLean. On the car ride home from our PM service last night I listened to the first 16 chapters of Matthew narrated by McLean. It was so great to listen to the text. I was able to listen to the text carefully and hear it anew in a way that is so different than reading it on our own.

And speaking of reading the text on our own, we rarely do that even! I’m starting a new Bible reading challenge that will have me read 10 chapters a day! But I’m going to use the opportunity to listen to the text read to me. Using Professor Horner’s reading list and this neat system that will track it for me. I can listen to the text read from the ESV each day! What a wonderful opportunity to listen to the text of Scripture and to have it change us as we meditate on us.

We all have some time we can carve away from music, talk radio, television or the like. Take some time to listen to the text this year!

The Blessing of Parenthood

January 8, 2010

James Warren Mickle entered the world on January 5, 2010 at 8:45 PM. He was 8lbs, 8ozs and 21.5″ long. He was born at home completely natural. Tracy and the baby are doing great. He’s sleeping well so far and nursing well. We’re so thankful to have him. He is a wonderful little blessing to us. We continue to pray for his growth and strength and that he would come to faith at a young age. We pray for ourselves that we would raise him up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Pray along with us please! Being a father is an incredible blessing, privilege, and responsibility. I know in Christ I will be up for the challenge!

“The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice; he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.” (Prov 23:25).

Baptist Classics in 2010

January 2, 2010

I will be participating in the following reading club this year in 2010!  I hope you might join me in participating in “A Year of Baptist Classics.” The information is reprinted here from the blog of The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies:

Can you name the Baptist pastor who served one church for over 50 years, and left us a marvelous testimony of his faith? Did you know that a famous Baptist wrote a book similar to The Pilgrim’s Progress, and that it was also a best seller? Who was the young Baptist pastor who dedicated himself to missions only to be prevented from going?  What foreign missionary became a Baptist, while on his way to the mission field, through careful study of Scripture?

You will find the answers to these questions by spending 2010 in the company of 11 classic Baptist books (July and August are combined). We are pleased to announce A Year with Baptist Classics, a reading program designed to encourage worship of our great God, to help Christians grow in their faith, and to introduce outstanding books and authors from Baptist history. By reading one book each month, you will be deeply blessed, have a greater understanding of the Christian life, and learn of the Lord’s kind dealings with others.

Solid Ground Christian Books is working together with Dr. James Renihan, Professor at The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, in Escondido, California to encourage the brethren to take a year to read eleven books from those committed to the Doctrines of Grace and the Baptist Faith. We are offering at least a 40% Discount off each of the eleven titles, and a 55% discount off the entire Baptist Classics Pack when ordered together.

Here are the books we have chosen:

January –  Benjamin Keach The Travels of True Godliness This is a work, written in the style of The Pilgrim’s Progress, tracing the growth, struggles and temptations faced by ‘True Godliness.’ It is an enjoyable journey depicting the path of growth in holiness.
February – Andrew Fuller: A Heart for Missions (Pearce Bio) One of the best Christian biographies ever written! Samuel Pearce was the Baptist version of Robert Murray McCheyne–a young pastor known for godliness and zeal whose life was brief but impact was profound.
March – Hercules Collins Devoted to the Service of the Temple A mighty man of God, Hercules Collins was a pastor of a very large London Congregation during the 17th century. This little book very helpfully collects some of his wonderful doctrinal and devotional writings.
April – Adoniram Judson On Christan Baptism The Congregational Missionary Society was shocked when its first missionary, Adoniram Judson, adopted credobaptist views while on his way to serve in India. In this book, Judson demonstrates the nature of Christian baptism.
May – Southern Baptist Sermons on Sovereignty and Responsibility American Baptist history is full of great preachers. Here is a collection of sermons by Southern worthies, expounding vital topics; by Basil Manly, Sr., W.B. Johnson, R.B.C. Howell & Richard Fuller.
June – John Broadus: Jesus of Nazareth Our Lord Jesus is wonderfully presented by another great Southern preacher, John Broadus.
July/August – Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition of the Baptist Catechism Here is a gem, long out of print, but recently reprinted. Theology is made practical by this pastor from the village of Bourton-on-the-Water in the English Cotswolds.
September – Andrew Fuller: The Backslider Christians struggle with sin–this is a fact. We need to consider this truth, learn about its dangers, and find the right method of recovery. This book will help.
October – John Bunyan: Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ We can’t neglect Bunyan! In this book, he calls us to find our full satisfaction in Jesus Christ.
November – Benjamin Keach: The Marrow of True Justification We live in a day when the doctrine of justification by faith alone is under attack. One of our fathers, Benjamin Keach, ably explains this doctrine here. This is the heart of the gospel.
December – Charles Spurgeon: Sermons on Men or Women of the Bible What a great way to conclude the year! As always, Spurgeon shows us how the men and women of the Bible point us to Jesus Christ.

Join us in 2010 as we learn from these servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. See Solid Ground Christian Books’ website.